Serena Olsaretti

Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF)


I studied at the University of Oxford where I obtained a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics, an MPhil and a PhD in Political Philosophy. I then moved to Cambridge where I was a Research Fellow at Emmanuel College before joining the Faculty of Philosophy and St. John's College. ICREA Research Professor at UPF since October 2010.

Research interests

My work is in moral and political philosophy. I have worked on the ethics of markets, egalitarianism, and theories of well-being. Since September 2015, I am the PI of an ERC Consolidator project on “Justice and the Family. An Analysis of the Normative Significance of Procreation and Parenthood in a Just Society”. The project examines what liberal egalitarian theorists of justice should think about how the costs and benefits of children should be distributed, both among contemporaries and across generations. I hold we need to address these relatively neglected questions to develop a complete and defensible theory of justice.

Selected publications

– Bou-Habib P & Olsaretti S 2016, ‘Equality of resources and the demands of authenticity’, Critical Review Of International Social And Political Philosophy, 19, 4, 434 – 455.

Olsaretti S 2016, ‘Review of K. Lippert-Rasmussen’s Born Free and Equal? A Philosophical Inquiry into the Nature of Discrimination’, Analysis, 76, 1, 111 – 113.

Olsaretti S 2016, ‘Review of J. Fishkin´s Bottlenecks: A New Theory of Equal Opportunity‘, Ethics, 126, 3, 821 – 825.

Selected research activities

The Erasmus Journal for Philosophy & Economics published ‘Justice, markets, and the family: an interview with Serena Olsaretti’, vol. 9, issue 2 (2016).

PI of ERC Consolidator Grant (648610) on ‘Justice and the Family: An Analysis of the Normative Significance of Procreation and Parenthood’.

Keynote speaker, Society for Applied Philosophy Annual Conference, Belfast 1-3 July 2016.

Invited speaker at the Political Philosophy Speaker Seminar, University of Oxford (May 2016); Political Philosophy and Child Poverty Workshop, University of Salzburg (August 2016);  7th International Lauener Symposium on Analytical Philosophy, University of Bern (September 2016); Philosophy Speakers Seminar, Central European University, Budabest (October 2016).

Co-organiser (with P Casal and A Williams) of Oxford Studies in Political Philosophy annual conference, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, 1-3 June 2016.